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Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad
DSP&P Box Cars: History, Photos, Plans

The first order for rolling stock on the DSP&P went out in 1874 for 30 flat cars, 5 box cars, 5 coal cars, a coach, a combine, and 6 excursion cars. This initial batch of cars plus 2 small locomotives were sufficient for construction and revenue service for the next four years. Subsequent orders over the next 10 years brought the total fleet of freight cars up to about 1300.

Like most railways, the DSP&P roster was dominated by boxcars, nearly 600 of them, delivered in 12 orders across 11 years. Many did not survive the rigors of rough service but a fair number made it to the C&S era.. All were painted oxide red with white lettering on sides and ends. They had double-board wood roof. Many had a small door in one end for loading lumber. Many had ladders on the right end of each side; some had hand grabs. There were no steps and no grabs on the left. A few older cars had a ladder on each end wall and nothing on the sides, so there was lots of variety.

 

DSP&P RR BOX CARS   1874 - 1898 

ORIG # TYPE 1885 # LENGTH MFG BUILT
500-504 Box == 23 Hallack 1874
512-514 Box 24082-24103 26 DSP 1878
515-529 Box 26 B&S 1878
530-554 Box 26 Litchfield 1879
560-739 Box 24104-24275 26 Litchfield 1879
740-799 Box 24276-24410 27 UP 1882
800-849 Box 27 UP 1883
850-889 Box 27 UP 1883
890-919 Charcoal 24041-24074 31 UP 1883
920-969 Box 24411-24570 30 UP 1883
970-1049 Box 30 Peninsular 1883
1080-1099 Box 30 Peninsular 1884
== Box 24075-24081 24 Lamothe ? 1885

HISTORY
The first DSP&P boxcars #500 to 504 were short 23 footers, built by Hallack Brothers in Denver in 1874, using castings and trucks from the east. They were gone by 1885.

Three 26 footers, DSP&P 512 to 514, were built by DSP&P in 1878. The number gap was filled by refrigerator cars 505 to 511. This is confusing since these were supposedly delivered four years after the number gap was created. Also in 1878, Barney and Smith delivered 15 26-foot boxcars #515 to 529.

In 1879, Litchfield delivered a batch of 25 cars numbered DSP&P 530 to 554, and a second batch of 180 26-foot cars numbered 560 to 739. The number gap was again filled by a group of refrigerator cars that also appear to have been built two years after the gap was created. All the 26 foot cars ended up in the 24082 to 24275 series in 1885.

Union Pacific Omaha shops produced 150 27-foot boxcars in 1882 and 1883 in 3 batches of 60, 50, and 40 cars. These were DSP&P #740 to 889. They became 24276 to 24410 after 1885.

Surviving 24, 26, and 27 foot boxcars ended up in the C&S 7200 - 7699 series.

Still in 1883, 30 longer and taller 31-foot outside braced boxcars were built by UP as charcoal cars, numbered 890 to 919, renumbered to 24041 to 24074. On the C&S, they were converted to standard gauge trucks and numbered 979 to 997.

DSP&P #920 to 1099 were 30-foot cars from UP (50 cars in 1883)and Peninsular (130 cars in '83 and '84). The 30-footers were renumbered into the  24411 to 24570 series in 1885.

DSP&P #
24075-24081 are listed as 24 foot 20 ton capacity cars in the 1885 roster. These are not the original 1874 23 foot cars and speculation suggests they may have been LaMothe pipe-framed design.

      
DSP&P #501, a 23' boxcar on the author's garden railway.


 


                  
Some of the boxcars on the author's garden railway in Alberta, Canada
 

PHOTO GALLERY


DSP&P Boxcar #883


DSP&P boxcar 608 aeaiting cosmetic restortaion at Como roundhouse in 2010. (Photo from DSP&P website)


DSP&P boxcar 609 circa 1883 - 84. (Photo from DSP&P website)


DSP&P Boxcar #801 and Reefer #1057


DSP Boxcar #24141


DSP&P freight train after 1885 with old and new lettering schemes


String of DSP(P boxcars, with Masom Bogie on the point.


The rest of the train, with Waycar


Hartford Products craftsman kit of DSP&P Boxcar




DSP&P Boxcar #816 CAD image by Bill Gould. See Bill's website for many more images, exact-scale plans, and fine art prints for sale.  
 


A 1:20.3 model of a 31 foot DSP&P charcoal car by Peter Bunce


Peter's model of a conventional DSP&P boxcar


Comparative size of the charcoal boxcar and the normal car.
 

PLANS by John Maxwell

DSP&P 27 Foot Box Cars 500 to 899


DSP&P 27 Foot Box Car #608 (before DSP&PHS Restoration)


 

DSP&P 27 Foot 900 Series Boxcars

 

PLANS by Ron Rudnick

DSP&P 23 Foot Box Car #501

DSP&P 26 Foot Box Car #525 and 517

DSP&P 26 Foot Box Car #618

DSP&P 27 Foot Box Car #874

DSP&P 27 Foot Box Car #931

DSP&P 30 Foot Outside Braced Box Car #918 for Charcoal Service

DSP&P 30 Foot Outside Braced Box Car #918

DSP&P / DL&G 26 Foot Box Car #24145  after 1885

DSP&P / DL&G 26 Foot Box Car #24175


DSP&P / DL&G 30 Foot Box Car #24483

 

PLANS by Others

DSP&P 27 Foot Boxcar #608

DSP&P 27 Foot Boxcar #816


DSP&P 27 Foot Boxcar #816




DSP&P 27 Foot Series Boxcars after 1885

DSP&P 27 Foot 900 Series Boxcars